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The Trail Home

Indoor/Outdoor Living Perfected at Boulder's Trailhead

Article by Lisa Van Horne

Photography by Kylie Fitts

Originally published in Boulder Lifestyle

Traditional and unconventional. Creative and technical. Rustic and modern. Natural and industrial. Think about how you’d describe Boulder’s signature style, and you’ll likely find yourself listing one glorious contradiction after another. When these often dichotomous elements of style and design are combined, however, the result can be a truly unique and distinctive collection of homes. Welcome to Boulder’s Trailhead.

Nestled between the Mapleton Historic District and Newlands neighborhood, Trailhead gives homeowners the opportunity to design and build a home in a truly incomparable Boulder location. Backing to the open space at the foot of Mount Sanitas, the neighborhood boasts easy walkability to Downtown Boulder and includes several access points to the Sanitas trail system, making it ideal for those seeking to immerse themselves in Boulder’s dual benefits of natural beauty and urban happenings.

One home in Trailhead, in particular, is an ideal representation of the indoor/outdoor lifestyle synonymous with Boulder living.

“Our approach in designing this home was to maximize the benefits of its indoor/outdoor living potential,” says Dale Hubbard, owner and principal with Surround Architecture. “You can live and gather towards the back of the home with the semi-private outdoor enclave or towards the front with the wraparound front porch and beautiful streetscape.”

Taking on an organic, transitional style with subtle modern touches, the home is bathed in natural light and warmth while maintaining a clean, contemporary feel. The interior features impeccable details, such as the Carrera marble island slab, while the exterior expertly combines elements of cedar, steel, rainscreen and stone. Separating the main living room and backyard area is a large glass wall that, when open, creates a seamless, natural living space.

“We wanted a home that allowed us to live the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that is part of what makes Boulder so special,” says homeowner Kelley Gil. “There’s nothing like letting the crisp morning air fill up our main floor and having a living space that so perfectly combines the two.”

The house features numerous additional details that bring unique personality and creativity to the space. Having used a neutral color palette as their foundation, the homeowners look forward to incorporating bright and vibrant artwork into the home’s interior design. The basement also features a finished wine room in which the homeowners can store vintages that hearken to their many world travels.

Part of the beauty of Trailhead is its array of uniquely designed homes, each one different than the next. It’s also still in the process of becoming. Trailhead includes 23 total lots with 19 of them sold, 17 developed into finished homes and two currently under construction. Out of the four lots remaining, one is now being made available for purchase. A 12,197 square-foot lot that is the last available in Trailhead that backs directly to open space, 2601 3rd Street (Lot #20) is being offered at $1,639,000.

For more information about this newly available lot, contact Julie Meko with Compass at 303.931.6555.

The Details

  • 4,921 sq. ft. 
  • 5 BR/5 BA
  • Detached office suite
  • Timber porch elements with modern steel connection details
  • White oak hardwood flooring
  • Seamless indoor/outdoor main floor living

Developer: Moonbeam Boulder, LLC

Architect: Surround Architecture

Builder: Morningstar Homes